Movie Review: It Might Get Loud (The Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White) 2009

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Documentary

it might get loud


Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page are three of the most influential guitarists in rock n’ roll.  White makes a guitar out of a couple of planks of wood, a soda bottle and some wire, and it sounds damn good.   Jimmy Page talks lovingly of his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, telling the viewer, he caresses his guitars like they were women.  The Edge hand carved his first guitar, the neck the fretboards, everything by hand. The Edge’s first guitar was an Explorer, now he has many guitars each of them with a different effect.  Jimmy Page started a a session musician, and even played session music, before forming the Yardbirds and Led Zepplin, Jack White started as an upholsterer before forming the White Stripes with his sister.  The Edge lets the viewer in on what it was like growing up in the political strife in Ireland when he was growing up in the 80’s.  The Edge was unexpectedly affected by punk, the Jam, the Clash, The Ramones. White was unexpectedly influenced by bluesmen, like Son House.

It’s nice to hear these guys talk. But this movie would be nothing without the music.  To hear the rising crescendo of “Where The Streets Have No Name”, to hear Jimmy Page play Embryo No. 2. To hear Jack White play “Icky Thump,” is just a treat for the ears.  Just to watch Jack White noodle around on the guitar with half formed songs is fun to watch.  Maybe I’m just sick of the overproduced, oversanitized American Idol, Jonas Brothers bubblegum pop.  By the time the three play “In My Time of Dying” by Led Zeppelin, a slide guitar player’s dream song, the viewer is hooked.  I watched clips of this movie and I thought, not so good, but when I watched it from beginning   to end, their stories, their influences, their equipment, all of it had me enraptured.

It Might Get Loud.  If it’s too Loud, You’re Too Old.


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